Shimla: With Gaiety Theater having once again become the city’s hub of cultural activity, the Films Division of the central ministry of information and broadcasting in collaboration with the state governments’ information and public relations have announced hosting of Shimla’s First International Film Festival (SIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation Films from March 18 to 20 at the venue.
The SIFF will showcase some of the best and award-winning documentaries, short and animation films from India and abroad, apart from films by a filmmaker from Shimla.
The festival would also provide an appropriate forum for filmmakers, technicians and artistes from Shimla and neighbouring states to discover and discuss the current trends and techniques in this creative art.
The highlights of the festival will be award-winning films of MIFF and best of Films Division Documentary films, animation films and films on Himachal Pradesh.
Besides, two short films entitled ‘For Whom The Jingle Bells Toll’ and ‘Spot The Difference’ directed by Vivek Mohan from Himachal Pradesh would also be screened in the festival.
The over a century old Gaiety Theater, which has been recently rennovated, is perhaps one of India’s oldest theaters where some of the country’s best theater artists have held performances. In British times, the theater was a cultural hub, where viceroys and army generals were regular visitors.